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The Latest: Mayor calls alleged car-ramming 'terrorism'

Posted 9:36 a.m. Sunday
Updated 3:42 p.m. Sunday

— The Latest on incidents related to violent clashes between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., that left three dead(all times local):

9:30 a.m.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer called the killing of a 32-year-old woman and the injury of others by a vehicle at a rally in the city a "terrorist attack with a car used as a weapon."

He made the comments in an interview Sunday with NBC's "Meet the Press."

Heather Heyer died when a car rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally.

The car's driver, James Alex Fields Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

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The rally's purpose was to condemn a decision by the city to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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7:23 a.m.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will visit two Charlottesville churches and speak to congregants following violent clashes in the city between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters that left three dead.

The governor's office says in a release that Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam will join McAuliffe at both Sunday services.

McAuliffe and Northam are scheduled to visit Mount Zion First African Baptist Church and Visit First Baptist Church.

Three were killed and dozens were injured amid what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade to protest the city's decision to remove a Confederate monument. A car rammed into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods, leaving two troopers onboard dead.

President Donald Trump criticized the violence and called for a return to law and order. But his critics say his racially-tinged rhetoric has exacerbated the nation's political tensions and emboldened racists.

2:21 a.m.

The mayor of Charlottesville blamed the nation's intensifying political divisions for the violent clashes between white supremacist groups and counterprotesters that left three dead.

Mayor Michael Signer on Saturday bemoaned the "very sad and regrettable coarseness in our politics."

Three were killed and dozens were injured amid what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade to protest the city's decision to remove a Confederate monument. A car rammed into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods, leaving two troopers onboard dead.

President Donald Trump criticized the violence and called for a return to law and order. But his critics say his racially-tinged rhetoric has exacerbated the nation's political tensions and emboldened racists.

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  • Jeff Freuler Aug 13, 5:25 p.m.
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    The last eight years set us back plenty

    Funny how you stereotype the whole Republican Party.

    Maybe you need to go crawl back under your rock

  • Marie Clark Aug 13, 4:19 p.m.
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    I choose Democracy. It is because of that 1 concept that we have the privilege to vote for officials. It is that 1 concept that allows us the privilege to protest. It is also that concept that allows us the privilege to agree to disagree without supposed fear.

    The US of A is not a democracy however; it is a republic. Still my father, who fought in Korea & my uncle who fought in Vietnam.. fought, killed & watched men die... for the privilege of we to vote who we choose and to rally & to protest... be we Christians, Muslims, Hindu, Jewish, Neo-Nazis, Liberals, etc.

    It was a hideous act perpetrated by 1 single man in a vehicle. Many maimed & so far, 1 killed.

    Keep the maimed & the dead in our hearts. I absolutely despise both Clinton & Trump. I am a woman but felt Clinton didn't represent well neither attempt & the "deplorables" label - in my honest opinion - kinda describes everyone, on BOTH sides, at the moment.

  • John Archer Aug 13, 2:38 p.m.
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    Ok, how about this: In other words, a large group of Nazis/White Supremicists carry torches on Friday night through the UVA campus shouting about "blood and soil" and taking back white power. Then the next day, they show up in downtown Cville, some even with military uniforms and automatic weapons, to again shout about white supremacy and cleansing the country of anyone who's not white. In response to these two "rallies" a large group of people gather to protest their message of hate. Obviously both sides feel strongly that they have the moral high ground. Which side would you be on? Would you get angry if someone got in your face and shouted obscenities at you for what you believe? Yes, both sides were fighting. Only one side killed someone. And only one side has Nazis and White Supremicists. They have the right to speak, but others also have the right to disagree. It's time to pick a side, Nazis or democracy?

  • Tom Baker Aug 13, 1:03 p.m.
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    I think the term dissenter is a telling choice of yours to describe the person who intentionally killed a protester and injured many others. The mayor of Charlottesville, not a media outlet, called him a terrorist. Others call him a murderer. I think both expressions are a fair description.

  • Joe Eastland Aug 13, 12:37 p.m.
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    Oh, but you conveniently forget the leftist campaign to plant people at Trump rallies to insight violence. Lately, mostly I have seen both sides engage in violence but you and the media seem to think your violence is civil disobedience...right. This is the first stage in a wider National divide...news media and leftist politicians labeling dissenters as terrorist. This is the first step in using military and government resources to continue to put down what is a valid point of protest.

  • Anita Gibson Aug 13, 12:29 p.m.
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    Wasn't it Trump, during his campaign, that encouraged violence? I don't recall Hillary saying "tell them to go f themselves, or someone please hit that guy, among many other words of violence.

  • Marie Clark Aug 13, 11:49 a.m.
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    Ok. So? I am a registered Democrat woman & I am confused. A rally organized by a fringe group is announced, planned & held in a specific place. Assuming they followed law & got permits to rally, etc. all of which our constitution protects, at least I thought it did..

    Counter-protesters showed up to the venue. Skirmishes & violent acts between BOTH groups occurred over some point of time. BOTH groups vying for which can out protest and/or rally the other & rhetoric thrown at one another. Powder keg, for certain, created.

    Then some white male, allegedly fringe sided, decided to get into a vehicle & ram through counter-protesters killing & maiming. Hideous act.

    Trump addresses; laying blame on BOTH sides. He calls out BOTH sides for bigotry.. BOTH sides, ALL sides. He denounces ALL sides in this hideous act of terror against one another.

    So.. I am confused. He denounced bigotry & racism & terror on ALL sides when had ALL sides conducted themselves civilly all along...

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Aug 13, 11:41 a.m.
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    The Mayor blamed President Trump in one Statement, which is wrong he should be blaming Obama who started this back years ago and the liberal media

  • Wayne Hill Aug 13, 11:25 a.m.
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    BTW the violence was instigated by the leftist counter protestors, "anti-fa." The showed up at the protest yelling, among other things, "F Cops," and throwing bags of urine and feces.

  • John Archer Aug 13, 11:11 a.m.
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    One question. If instead of white supremists holding the rally it had been NAACP or a muslim group, would you have labeled them terrorists if the same thing happened? If one of their members had rammed a car into the counter-protestors? Just because these guys are white doesn't mean they aren't trying to instill terror into people they hate.

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